1. Michael Brown shooting rocks Ferguson, MO
This week, the nation’s eyes have been on this Missouri town, where an unarmed black teen was gunned down by police. Days of a scarily armed-to-the-teeth police force dealing with protesters and journalists alike in terrible ways ensued. Yesterday, state cops assumed control of the situation and things chilled out considerably. Today, authorities released the name of the policeman responsible for the shooting. [Citylab, Washington Times, The Guardian]

2. Robin Williams dead at 63, Lauren Bacall dead at 89
Two of Hollywood’s most beloved stars passed away this week: Robin Williams, a.k.a. the Genie/Mrs. Doubtfire/Mr. Keating/everything you loved about your childhood, of an apparent suicide after struggling with depression and Parkinson’s disease; and Lauren Bacall, old-movie legend and all-around badass. Because you haven’t wept enough this week, check out the compilation vid below of Williams’s finest screen moments. [New York Times, Time]

3. Scientists discover “magic age” when humans develop musical taste
Mommas, don’t let your babies listen to Skrillex. Psychologists have found that there’s a sweet spot between the ages of 14 and 24 when people solidify their musical preferences. …Is that why we still can’t stop listening to Guster all these years later? [Mic.com]

4. Celebrities dump ice water on their heads for ALS
Ever since basketball player Peter Frates kicked off the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, famous types ranging from Mark Zuckerberg to Jimmy Fallon have doused themselves in freezing water as a way to raise awareness and funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. Maybe you could just flat-out donate money instead of mildly torturing yourselves? [The Verge]

5. Iraqi Prime Minister steps down
Amid growing unrest in his country, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has announced that he will vacate his post to make way for successor Haider al-Abadi. The White House is into it, and the move will hopefully allay tensions with Iraq’s Sunni minority. [NPR]

6. Scientists identify interstellar dust brought back by space probe
A space probe that returned to Earth in 2006 has been found to contain particles of dust from beyond our solar system, containing all that “star stuff” that Carl Sagan was always going on about. No word yet on whether there is also a Star Man waiting in the sky. [The Guardian]

7. San Diego woman held hostage by her own cat
Cats, man. In Southern California, a nefarious feline named Cuppy freaked out its owner so much that the woman hid in her room with her daughter and called the cops on the cat. Officers were reportedly able to get Cuppy off the family’s case by “softly” calling its name. [Gawker]

8. Iranian mathematician is first woman to win Fields Medal
A hearty congrats to Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford professor who is the first female in history to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious prize in the numbers game. [New York Times]

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9. Downton Abbey press photos time-travel to a plastic future
Well, I never! A publicity still of Lord Grantham and Lady Edith standing in front of an elaborate marble fireplace features an accidental cameo from the future in the form of a plastic water bottle. We can’t even imagine how put out Mr. Carson is right now. [Vulture]

10. Times Square Elmos are unionizing
The puppets are organizing! Well, they’re not really puppets. Those random off-brand costumed performers in Times Square are putting together a union of their own in the face of city crackdowns on their activities. We have to admit, we never imagined Cookie Monster would pull a Norma Rae. [Associations Now]